Friday, January 18, 2008

Ritter Sport White Chocolate with Hazelnuts

White Chocolate with Whole HazelnutsI haven’t written about Ritter Sport in a while, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been eating them. There’s a wonderful feature for the All Candy Expo attendees, it’s a candy room where they give you a little bag and you can fill it to the top with candy in a huge room of bins and barrels of the stuff. I found a tub of Ritter Sport Minis and took home about two pounds of the tiny buggers.

But I also stopped at the booth for the Ritter importer to see what was new and found a few bars I’ve never reviewed, including this hefty White Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts bar.

White Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts

I’ve hung onto this bar for a while because I really need to be in the “mood” for white chocolate. It was 43 degrees this morning in Los Angeles when I got in my car to go to work; brisk weather usually helps to push me over into the white chocolate territory.

The wrapper says whole hazelnuts and they’re not kidding. Just look at that first bite I got! The bar itself is a lovely creamy ivory color, a little on the yellow side.

What the front label leaves off that the back mentions is the whole description for this bar: white chocolate with hazelnuts & crispy rice. (Turn it over and the hazelnuts are quite evident sticking out as are the little nibs of rice.)

The bar smells like hazelnuts and milk with a light touch of vanilla. It’s not until I bit into it that I got the malty notes of the crisped rice (hey, barley malt is actually listed on the ingredients).

Most of the hazelnuts are large and nicely toasted to bring out their flavor. The crisped rice adds a texture to the bar as well, keeping the pure white chocolate (made with sugar, cocoa butter, cream, skim milk, whey, lactose and vanillin) from feeling too sticky or cloying. I think it could use a smidge more salt (there’s a little in the crisped rice) but for non-white-chocolate consumers, this could be a gateway drug (well, the real gateway drug for white chocolate would be Green & Black’s White Chocolate bar).

It’s a very pleasant bar and I had no trouble finishing the whole thing.

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Name: White Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Ritter Sport
Place Purchased: sample from All Candy Expo
Price: usually around $2-$2.50 retail
Size: 3.53 ounces
Calories per ounce: 159
Categories: White Chocolate, Nuts, Cookie, Germany, Ritter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:06 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I really like Ritter bars.  They have a nice selection of flavors and are pretty inexpensive.  The only one I haven’t liked so far is the Marzipan.

    Comment by Alicia on 1/18/08 at 11:23 am #
  2. I’ve never liked whole hazelnuts in chocolates they always seem to be burnt. Or maybe that’s just what they’re supposed to taste like and I just plain don’t like them! Almonds, now there’s a nut in chocolate I can get behind.

    Comment by Leigh on 1/18/08 at 11:35 am #
  3. The Ritter Sports always look really nice, but I’ve never tried any of them, even though they sell them everywhere. Perhaps I am following your candied footsteps.
    This is a great blog, by the way. When I first found it, I spent maybe two hours going back to further and further posts.  It is fantastic, and gives me good ideas for what candy to try. (and what candy not to try.)

    Comment by Ezra on 1/18/08 at 2:04 pm #
  4. Mini Ritter Sport are my ultimate favorite mini candy bar.  Who knew Marzipan or corn flakes could be so addictive?  Why don’t they make mini white chocolate hazlenut, though?

    Comment by Breanna on 1/18/08 at 3:21 pm #
  5. Ritter Sport has some new flavors that are (I think) just for this winter. They say “Winter-Sorte” on the front. One is Red Wine Truffle filled and the other one is White Wine. I bought the Red Wine one. It’s strange and tasty. I bought it at a news stand that has imported candies. You should try to find them.

    Comment by April on 1/19/08 at 7:42 am #
  6. I don’t understand why the hazelnut hasn’t caught on here in the U.S. as in other countries. They’re so very good, and the Ritter Sport is just packed with them. One of my favorite candies.

    Comment by joy on 1/19/08 at 8:09 am #
  7. My cousin brought back some Ritter Sport from Germany and I have been hooked ever since. I’ll have to see if I can find this anywhere, I love white chocolate!

    Comment by Megan on 1/19/08 at 11:52 am #
  8. I myself just tried this one last week - and for me, too, it was a very circumstance-determined event, as I much prefer dark chocolate to white. I did like the big hazelnuts, but definitely agree that a little salt would have balanced out the sweetness a lot more nicely. I have onyl tried the Marzipan of the other flavors - are the yogurt or butter biscuit ones worth buying?

    Comment by Hannah on 1/19/08 at 12:01 pm #
  9. I was so excited when I found this bar in a store near me, but was disappointed with it. The white chocolate was lacking in my opinion, and the hazelnuts, even though they were tasty, got in the way of the chocolate too much. raspberry

    Comment by Sera on 1/19/08 at 6:41 pm #
  10. I looove Ritter Sport!!! I used to live in Berlin, Germany and each friday shopping I would by 2 diffrent ritter sport chocolates.
    They are amazing!
    The best flavor is chocolate-marzipan and yogurt

    Comment by Maytal on 1/20/08 at 11:23 pm #
  11. Tried it, LOVE it.  The dark chocolate hazelnut is my absolute favorite, but the white chocolate is a close second.  Will have to stop by Cost Plus World Market and pick up some more of these.  Extremely tasty and like you said, not too sweet.

    Comment by ML on 2/26/08 at 10:25 am #
  12. Awwww… I LOVE this one. It’s my favorite one of Ritter. The chocolate is very tasty and the hazelnuts in it are crunchy =)

    Comment by Jule on 4/15/08 at 5:48 am #
  13. Jesus Christ, you must be such a fat bastard.

    Comment by Andy on 10/31/08 at 5:04 pm #
  14. Cybele's avatar

    You’d think that, Andy. But you’d be wrong. Studies show that people who actually enjoy their food are thinner than those who don’t.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Comment by Cybele on 10/31/08 at 5:14 pm #
  15. Ritter Sport is the best. I own an apartment only about 6 miles away from a factory in Germany. I bought tons of these candies, and brought them back. Hadn’t been back there for a while, but I can’t wait to get back. As you’ve all mentioned, there are several different flavors, and unfortunately, they all don’t get to the United States.

    Comment by Robert on 11/22/11 at 6:44 am #
  16. i live in the philippines….annd ritters chocolate is in germany….i’m down to earth with ritters…..when do you plan ( the ritters family ) to open up a store in the philppines….hurry up you folks…coz your stocks will milliontoply once you get this stuff in the philippines…..

    Comment by alfredo s.opao jr. III on 3/11/14 at 11:44 am #
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